After a diving accident left Jason DiSanto paralyzed from the neck down in 2009, he had to learn how to navigate life from a powered wheelchair, which he controls with a sip-and-puff system. Users sip or puff air into a straw mounted on their wheelchair to execute four basic commands that drive the chair. Show More Summary
New technology that lets patients with severe spinal cord injuries move more easily.
Duncan Lou Who had two legs amputated because he was born with his hind legs fused, but he as given a wheelchair, and his best friend enjoys hopping on for a ride. …he’s now well on the road to leading a normal life after vets handed him a “bright green spaceship” set of wheels designed […]
WCMX should totally be in the Paralympic Games.
There are those who face extreme disability to the point where they are only able to control their wheelchair by puffing into a straw, also known as sip-and-puff where the user will be able to move and stop their wheelchairs using their breath. Show More Summary
Der Ziesel is an off-road wheelchair. It goes up to 22mph and has two 4.4kW electric motors, a 6kWh battery, intuitive joystick-based controls, a roll bar, a bucket seat with a four-point safety seat belt and delta tracks.
A new wireless device has allowed paralyzed people to drive a wheelchair simply by moving their tongues. In a clinical trial, people with paralysis of all four limbs, a condition known as tetraplegia, effectively used the tongue-drive...Show More Summary
This father's wheelchair for his son was truly a labor of love.
A new device shows that tongue piercings can be more than just an expression of one's style. They can also help those who have lost the use of their arms and legs move. In a recent clinical trial, the device, called the Tongue DriveShow More Summary
Georgia Tech has long wanted to show that tongue-controlled devices could help the disabled, and it now has solid proof. A new study shows that the school's wearable Tongue Drive System lets the paralyzed control wheelchairs three times faster than they would using an ordinary breath-based approach. Show More Summary
Remarkable experiment could aid millions.
New technology is allowing those in wheelchairs take more control of their lives. It's called the Tongue Drive System, and it helps people who are paralyzed in all four limbs to control their wheelchair by a tongue-ring looking magnetic sensor and a headset. But, if you think that alone is...
Smokers in dressing gowns and slippers, some in wheelchairs or with drips, are a common site gathered outside hospitals in Britain.
Getting around in a wheelchair is difficult enough, even when one still has use of their upper extremities. Quadriplegics face an exponentially more difficult challenge: controlling the wheelchair by sucking or blowing air through a straw. But this new powered wheelchair from the Georgia Institute of Technology will respond to a flick of the user's tongue. Read more...
A team at Georgia Tech has come up with an ingenious way to steer a wheelchair if you can’t move your limbs and torso: your tongue, featuring a magnetic titanium piercing full of sensors. Currently, the most common driving method for people with tetraplegia involves sucking […]
Individuals with paralysis in a new clinical trial were able to use a tongue-controlled technology to access computers and execute commands for their wheelchairs at speeds that were significantly faster than those recorded in sip-and-puff wheelchairs, but with equal accuracy. Show More Summary
The research team had subjects complete a set of tasks commonly used in similar clinical trials. Subjects in the trials were either able-bodied or people with tetraplegia. "By the end of the trials, everybody preferred the Tongue Drive...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.
Being confined to a wheelchair my entire life has definitely opened the door to many unwanted (and embarrassing, I might add) awkward situations.